VIDEO: Bay Area reporter narrowly avoids being struck by car during live newscast

KTVU reporter Alex Savidge

FREMONT (KRON) — A television news reporter covering the Sunol train derailment came dangerously close to being hit by a car during a live shot Tuesday morning.

The incident happened just before 8 a.m., KTVU reporter Alex Savidge was standing in a parking lot at the intersection of Mission Boulevard and Niles Canyon Road in Fremont.

Savidge, whose back was facing the street, looked down and started reading from a piece of paper when two cars collided in the intersection. One of the vehicles, a white Toyota Corolla, careened off a silver car and headed towards the KTVU crew.

“My photographer screamed at me to get out of the way,” Savidge said in a Facebook video post, “and I did, I jumped out of the way in the very last minute.”

The video shows Savidge jumping out of frame as the car plows through spot where he was standing before it slams into a car parked in front of the 7-11 store.

“Feeling incredibly grateful that Chip and I are OK. I appreciate everyone’s well wishes, love and support. It means the world to me,” Savidge wrote on Facebook.

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